Hello, I’m State Representative Chris Swedzinski.
I farm between Taunton and Porter and own a small welding business near Ghent where
I live with my wife and five children.
It is an honor to represent the hardworking people of Southwest Minnesota in the
I am running for
re-election because I believe that our rural economy is in a fragile
recovery, and we need leaders with a common sense conservative approach to state
government in order to develop a strong private sector. In turn, that will create
jobs and expand economic vitality in greater Minnesota.
I chair the House Subcommittee on Mining, Forestry, and Tourism Committee, in addition
to serving on the Commerce and Regulatory Reform, Environment and Natural Resources
Policy and Finance, Government Operations and Election Policy, and Rules and Legislative
I look forward to meeting you. I will strive for limited, effective government that
reflects our rural values.
CHRIS is working
Historic tax cut: It had been nearly two decades since Minnesotans received meaningful
tax relief. We changed that this biennium by delivering $650 million in tax relief
to Minnesota families in 2018-2019 and $790 million in 2020-2021. Practically everyone
is benefiting, from middle-class families to students, seniors, farmers, veterans
and beyond. I am especially proud of the fact that through our work, nearly 284,000
senior citizen tax filers received tax reductions; 72,000 of those no longer pay
state income tax on their social security benefits.
Advocating for Greater Minnesota and the ag. industry: Numerous House Republican
efforts to support Greater Minnesota also paid dividends,
extending the moratorium on changes to ditch-mowing regulations.
We also continue working on behalf of people in Greater Minnesota by enacting buffer
strip grace periods. We reduced the tax burden on school referendums and provided
beginning farmer tax credits to help establish the next generation of farmers. Another
new law in our state allows organizations with member owners – such as farm cooperatives
– to provide health insurance to their members, giving farmers the opportunity to
secure health insurance with stable costs, but also allowing them access to the local
Largest investment in roads
and bridges: We all agree our roads and bridges need improvement
and House Republicans delivered over the past two years. The Legislature invested
a historic level of existing funds into our transportation infrastructure without
increasing the gas tax. This includes a package enacted last year with more than
$300 million in funding for roads over two years, with an additional $16 million
for small cities’ road projects. We provided another $57 million in funding for roads
and bridges this year, with a majority of that dedicated to small cities assistance,
township road aid, and local bridge replacement. On top of all that, this year’s
Capital Investment package provided more than $540 million for long-term transportation
Supporting education: The 2017 K-12 Education Budget combined more than $1.3 billion
of increased funding, including my provision to include a 2% yearly increase to the
per-pupil formula that was requested by our school districts, with proven reforms.
School districts in our area are seeing millions more in new per-pupil funding which
means more dollars in the classroom for our students and teachers. The House put
student safety first this session by passing $25 million in funding to improve student
safety. The package gave school districts the resources and flexibility necessary
to meet their school safety needs.
Getting a grip on health care costs: From 2014-2017, average rates increased by double
digits every year, including nearly 60 percent for 2017. Thanks to reforms enacted
individual market rates for 2018 remained flat or were reduced for most
Minnesotans on the individual market.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce confirmed last year that without Republican
reforms, rates would have risen by 20 percent or more. House Republicans worked quickly
to lower costs and increase options for Minnesotans. The emergency premium aid and
access reforms we made provided a 25-percent rebate and ensured continued access
to doctors for people receiving life-saving treatment. The Premium Security Plan
we implemented is a nationally recognized program which put a stop to double-digit
premium increases, reducing premiums by 20 percent on average. I am proud of the
work House Republicans have done to help our state get back on track. From double-digit
increases to, in some cases, double-digit decreases, is an amazing turnaround. It
just goes to show the approach we are taking in the Legislature is producing results
for the people of our district and beyond.
Join the campaign and help support Chris by volunteering today!
Contact Me TODAY:
P.O. Box 826
Marshall, MN 56258
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As a lifelong resident of Greater Minnesota, I understand the issues that are important to people in our area and continue going to bat to deliver a healthy economy, safe roads and bridges, and health care we can afford.